20 June 2016

Keeping Fit with The Pack | Virgin Active

A few weeks ago I was invited to go over to Virgin Active in Mayfair to try out one of their new group exercise classes - The Pack. I was of course really up for it because I always find I'm so much more motivated with classes, compared to when I try to do it by myself out in the gym. Anyone else with me on that one? I think I just find it easier to keep going when I see everyone else doing it too.
The class was split into three different groups which all compete against each other, and to make us all even more competitive, they had arranged this one to be Food vs Fashion vs Beauty bloggers. I was in the Fashion pack which was lead by Ali.
The class itself is split into four different challenges, which I think really helped to break it down rather than have it seem like one long daunting challenge, and the music and light effects throughout helped to keep the energy flowing really well. The fact that the big screen shows the team's progress really urges you on because noone wants to let the side down! It is a real calorie-burner and just from one workout I could tell that if you do this class consistently, it would seriously help tone and sculpt your lower body.
I knew it wasn't going to be easy, but my god what a workout. There were a few moments where I was just like 'I literally cannot' but the class leader kept coming around and motivating us that little bit more, and I think by the end it gives you a real sense of achievement (and a lot of heavy breathing...). I think cycle classes might just be my new fave.
After the workout, I couldn't been happier to find these incredible brownies from Soulmate Food the size of my head on the table, I think we earned them!

 Let me know what you think of this class, do you like group exercise?
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6 June 2016

Farm Girl Cafe | Notting Hill

You guys have probably seen this photo and hundreds of others like it on social media because seriously can a coffee get any more photogenic? Farm girl cafe isn't lacking on the 'instagrammable' details and I was glad to find that their food and drinks tasted as good as they looked. 
First thing I'll say is to look out for this sign, because the cafe is a little tucked away and when me, Lauren and Ally were trying to find this place, we almost walked straight past it... keep 'em peeled!
With Farm Girl, they've tried to bring the Australian cafe culture over to London and we were immediately met with a really chilled atmosphere and ridiculously friendly staff (even though it took us about a year to decide what we wanted to eat because it all looked amazing!) 
The menu seemed super versatile to suit different people's dietary requirements, whether you eat meat, or go for the Dairy free, Gluten free or Vegan options. Regardless, it all has a very health conscious/superfood theme running throughout.
Me and Ally both opted for the Buckwheat Berry Pancakes which came with maple syrup, fresh berries and coconut shavings. They looked, smelled and tasted incredible... one of the guys also recommended that we take the coconut yoghurt to accompany it as well, and he wasn't wrong! I could so eat them again right now, but I'm sat here with a much less impressive bowl of cereal as I type this.
 Lauren went for one of the savoury options in the form of the Coconut BLT - I know right?! I'd never seen anything like it before and I didn't even know coconut bacon was a thing. The BLT also came with guacamole and homemade cashew cream alongside the usual trimmings. I had a sneaky bite because curiosity wouldn't have it any other way - really, really good!
For next time, I already know I have my eye on the Crab Cakes because they looked absolutely incredible (table next to us ordered pretty much everything so I obviously took note!)

What do you guys think? Have you eaten here before?
You can check out the full menu and website right here 

Have a great week and speak to you soon!
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30 May 2016

JOY A/W 2016

Hey guys! So a little while back I went to the Joy A/W 2016 press day to see the new pieces that will be on offer, from the women's collections, to the men's and a little sneak peek at homeware/gifts too. 
I do love Joy and I have one just down the road from me and I always pop in to see what they've got, I just think it's always a great mix of clothes and then little books/fun homeware pieces to have a nosey around (I spotted a rose gold telephone the other day and I've never needed anything more in my life). 
So back to the press day, I absolutely fell in love with some of the pieces and will definitely be keeping an eye out post-summer! I thought the easiest way to show you would just be to split them up into the different collections in an easy to scroll through post and give you a glimpse of what's to come!
Louche has such a broad range of different pieces, from neutrals and monochromes to out-there colourful dresses, but all of them have a really feminine theme running throughout which I love.
I fell in love with this coat as it makes a great change to black but still keeps a darker shade which we all know is my favourite.



Snack pit stop... yum!




Valley of the Dolls (love that name) is to me the funkiest of the collections, bringing in a lot more prints and textures but also maintaining that they are completely wearable at the same time. I loved going through these and can't wait to see more when they launch!



Last but not least from the women's collections is Joy, which is being released as the stores own brand of women's clothes and promises to be on trend, affordable and a lovely addition to the other existing collections!



Finally we have one of the men's collections which comes in the form of HYMN. I'll be honest I'm quite terrible at ever getting out of the women's section when I'm shopping so I had never come across this before, but I spotted so many things that I know would look great on guys and they're definitely up my boyfriend's street too.






...and finally the decor/gifts section, I highly recommend popping into store to see what you might come across, I personally enjoy it a little too much and see so many things that remind me of people and would make a great little gifts especially in the run up to the festive season.





So what do you guys think? has anything caught your eye?
Hope you liked this post and speak to you soon!

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